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Major event for Orthodox women/girls to fill Barclays Center March 17; no parking 7-1 on Flatbush between Atlantic and Eighth avenues (updated)

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Update 2:35 pm: "Please note that the 78th Precinct advised us that the NO PARKING will actually be in effect on March 17th on both sides of Flatbush Avenue between Atlantic and 8th Avenues between 7am and 1pm," states Community Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman. [There's no parking typically between 7-10]

Well, it did not appear on the Barclays Center monthly calendar, which lists only publicly ticketed events (but should IMHO list any event that might impact the neighborhood), but there will be an major event next Tuesday--a memorial gathering that will draw many buses bringing Orthodox Jewish women and girls.

That flood of buses will cause parking on nearby Flatbush Avenue to be banned between Atlantic Avenue and Eighth Avenue for three hours.

Arena Community Relations Manager Terence Kelly circulated a message:
On the morning of Tuesday, March 17th 2015, Barclays Center will host a private memorial service with a significant number of buses used for guest transportation.
The event starts at 10am and concludes at 1pm. Buses will be parked and staged downstairs in our loading dock, outside on the arena block and across the street at the Atlantic Terminal Mall on Fort Greene Place.
To ensure a safe and expeditious event egress with limited neighborhood impact, the NYPD 78th Precinct – in coordination with the Mayor’s Office & Barclays Center Traffic Management - will introduce and direct the following temporary change:
No Parking 10am – 1pm // Flatbush Ave. between Atlantic & 8th Aves.
Note that, unlike with the monthly calendar, the arena didn't offer an attendance estimate. Nor did Kelly explain what was happening.

It's unclear whether the buses will remain near the arena for the full three hours, though there was no indication in Kelly's message that they would not. Remember, during All-Star Weekend, buses were supposed to drop off passengers and wait in Red Hook, but many returned early to neighborhood streets.

More details

Some hint comes in a blog post headlined Thousands of Bais Yaakov girls to attend event at Barclays center in Brooklyn:
On March 17, 2015 - 25 Adar 5775 The Barclay center in Downtown Brooklyn will fill up with thousands of woman and Bais Yaakov girls to commemorate the 80th yartzheit of Sara Schneirer [sic] founder of the Bais Yaakov movement. For more info and ticket information call 718-851-2900
To quote Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, "The yahrzeit is a time of remembering the dead by reciting the Kaddish, lighting a 24-hour candle, and remembering the person who has died."
What's Bais Yaakov? As Wikipedia explains:
Bais Yaakov... is a common name for Orthodox full-time Jewish elementary and secondary schools throughout the world for Jewish girls from religious families. While these schools share the Bais Yaakov name, they are not necessarily affiliated, though some are, for other reasons.
...The Bais Yaakov movement was started by seamstress Sarah Schenirer in 1917 in Kraków, Poland. The first school building survives as apartments and is marked with a bronze plaque.
While boys attended cheder and Talmud Torah schools (and in some cases yeshivas), at that time there was no formalized system of Jewish education for girls and young Jewish women.
Sarah Schenirer saw that there was a high rate of assimilation among girls due to the secular influences of the non-Jewish schools that the girls were then attending. Sarah Schenirer concluded that only providing young Jewish women with a thorough, school-based Jewish education would effectively combat this phenomenon. She started a school of her own, trained other women to teach, and set up similar schools in other cities throughout Europe.
Note that several of the Hasidic movements, including Satmar and Lubavitch and Bobov, have their own schools under different names. A map of Bais Yaakov schools in Brooklyn shows most in Midwood and Borough Park, though presumably this event will draw attendees from the metropolitan area and beyond.

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